Gaston County Museum of Art & History
The main building of the Museum -- the historic Hoffman Hotel (1852) -- houses permanent galleries and temporary exhibits featuring regional history and local and national art. A modern Carriage house contains North Carolina's largest public collection of horse drawn vehicles.

131 West Main Street
Dallas NC 28034
Phone: 704-922-7681 24-Hour INFO-LINE 704-852-6025
Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10-5, Saturday 1-5 and 4th Sunday 2-5, closed Monday.
Fees: Free admission.
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Upcoming Events for Gaston County Museum of Art & History

Coffee with the Curator
During this program, Curator, Aimee Russell will identify objects and provide preservation assistance on pieces brought to the museum by visitors. If objects are too large please bring photographs. During this program, object donations to the museum will also be considered. There is no appointment needed for this program and it is free and open to the public. Please note there will be no monetary appraisals at this program.

October, 4, 2006      10:30 am - 11:30 am


Terrific Toddlers Tuesday
This program is geared towards preschoolers ages 1-4. Programs will vary each month (always occurring the 4th Tuesday of each month) but will always relate back to art or history and may include a story, art project, craft, song, or tour of a part of the museum. Parents, grandparents and others are invited to stay with their youngster and enjoy time in the museum as well. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude by 11:00 AM - just in time to get home for lunch and nap time after a busy morning! The program is free to members at the family level and above. For all other participants, the fee is $2 per child. For more information call the museum or visit our website. Come join us!

October, 24, 2006      10:00 am - 11:00 am, Fourth Tuesday of every month


Coffee with the Curator
During this program, Curator, Aimee Russell will identify objects and provide preservation assistance on pieces brought to the museum by visitors. If objects are too large please bring photographs. During this program, object donations to the museum will also be considered. There is no appointment needed for this program and it is free and open to the public. Please note there will be no monetary appraisals at this program.

November, 1, 2006      10:30 am - 11:30 am


Terrific Toddlers Tuesday
This program is geared towards preschoolers ages 1-4. Programs will vary each month (always occurring the 4th Tuesday of each month) but will always relate back to art or history and may include a story, art project, craft, song, or tour of a part of the museum. Parents, grandparents and others are invited to stay with their youngster and enjoy time in the museum as well. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude by 11:00 AM - just in time to get home for lunch and nap time after a busy morning! The program is free to members at the family level and above. For all other participants, the fee is $2 per child. For more information call the museum or visit our website. Come join us!

November, 28, 2006      10:00 am - 11:00 am, Fourth Tuesday of every month


Coffee with the Curator
During this program, Curator, Aimee Russell will identify objects and provide preservation assistance on pieces brought to the museum by visitors. If objects are too large please bring photographs. During this program, object donations to the museum will also be considered. There is no appointment needed for this program and it is free and open to the public. Please note there will be no monetary appraisals at this program.

December, 6, 2006      10:30 am - 11:30 am


Terrific Toddlers Tuesday
This program is geared towards preschoolers ages 1-4. Programs will vary each month (always occurring the 4th Tuesday of each month) but will always relate back to art or history and may include a story, art project, craft, song, or tour of a part of the museum. Parents, grandparents and others are invited to stay with their youngster and enjoy time in the museum as well. The program will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude by 11:00 AM - just in time to get home for lunch and nap time after a busy morning! The program is free to members at the family level and above. For all other participants, the fee is $2 per child. For more information call the museum or visit our website. Come join us!

December, 26, 2006      10:00 am - 11:00 am, Fourth Tuesday of every month


NEW EXHIBIT- From Barter to Banks: The American Economy
This exhibit explores the impact our economy has on our culture. In particular, it explores the various forms of money from colonial times to present, the rise and evolution of the banking system, and significant changes in the working of our economy. The exhibit is divided into six sections, the first Goldrush, the Great Depression, counterfeit currency, obsolete currency, alternate forms of wealth, banking history in Gaston County, and modern day currency. The exhibit features a large collection of obsolete currency from a local collector. Counterfeit notes and other materials relating to the investigation of counterfeiting loaned to us from the United States Secret Service. Gold mining paraphernalia from Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site. Other items include Depression era materials, and a stocked 1930s Mill store vignette.

March, 4, 2007      8/29/2006 - 3/4/2007, Regular Museum Hours